Ichnographia Quondam


...a metabolic ichnographia in two states.

2004.12.26 12:20
Re: cityscape collage
It started more than eight years ago when it was realized that Hadrian's Tomb and Logan Circle share the same circular footprint. Then, about two years ago, it was realized that ancient Rome's axis of life, as delineated by Piranesi, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway share the same length and design articulation, with again Hadrian's Tomb and Logan Circle being the key register.
Now delineation of the 'bilocalopolis' begins. The Tiber and the Schuylkill flow through the cityscape. Augustine's tomb and City Hall have their similarities. Rome's Corso is now the same as Broad Street, the longest cardo in the world. X marks the spot of the first Gothic camp outside the walls of Rome and the no-man's land of the Vine Street Expressway interchanges.
I wrote something on 16 December 2004 which turns out to be a succinctly worded culmination of over 10 years of investigation, and also the touchstone for a finally foreseeable catharsis,

chapters of Architecture in Critical Condition
"Bilocation Syndrome" could be about Ichnographia Quondam and how it operates. Perhaps including thoughts on virtual and real and how there can be two places where things occur simultaneously.

Durand plans and Ichnographia Quondam
Start placing the Durand plans into "position" within Ichnographia Quondam... ...extensive scale comparisons.

Lost's ending
Is Ichnographia Quondam a study / experiment of architecture (and urbanism) within the space-time continuum?
For Ichnographia Quondam the space-time continuum connection is the Axis of Life / Benjamin Franklin Parkway connection, which comes after Piranesi's Porticus Neronianus / St. Peter's connection.
Ichnographia Quondam as bilocation theater?

Re: Miscellaneous stuff
...experiment with architecture within a/the space-time continuum. For example, where some building models have already been collaged together, it's not just being playful, but also seeing what it's like when architectures from different places and/or different times cross paths. Another example is how the Axis of Life of the Ichnographia matches the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is like where two different space/time architectures actually lock together (hence Ichnographia Quondam,). ...redrawing a plan of the Palace of Versailles, and looking forward to seeing how and where that will fit in within Quondam's space-time continuum.

Started the process of coordinating the Philadelphia model with Ichnographia Quondam. Right now the priority is to bring each section up to the level of completeness relative to the data compiled thus far.
But what is this really all about? It has to do with "using" the museum, and also using history, specifically architectural history.
...to also employ Quondam as an outlet for architectural fiction, and, right now, the theme of Quondam's architecture fiction is Quondam itself and the buildings in its collection are the novel characters.

Ichnographia Quondam ideas
...placing the collection of Villa Savoye derivatives onto the Philadelphia grid just as the plans are currently situated within the collective database. This will then provide a place within Ichnographia Quondam to position the various models, and in turn provide a (new) context for the models.
...place the Campo Marzio Garden of Satire (horti Luciliani) permanently within the Philadelphia grid. The point being to acknowledge the 'garden of satire' as a distinct place within Ichnographia Quondam, and to see how the placement effects further growth (of ideas).
...have the Campo Marzio plans seep into the blank footprints of Parkway Interpolation buildings., and then extrude the Campo Marzio fragments as solids and infill the remaining space with transparent surfaces. In this sense the Campo Marzio plans act as infrastructural base for further building design development.
...the point of it all is to further develop the notion of [a] architecture museum and the notion of using museums. Using museums (and Ichnographia Quondam) as the place where the analysis happens as well as the design, meaning: start writing/describing what is going on (like site analysis and program analysis and formal analysis, etc.) and the writing/analysis then has a place within Ichnographia Quondam. It will be as if the illustrations of ideas and analyses become places themselves. This last statement has a potentially profound implication regarding the whole notion of executing virtual place.

museum collecting
...the collected museums are within Ichnographia Quondam.
...compile all the museum plans within Quondam's collection, meaning adding Museum Annex, Calder Museum, Working Title Museum, Haus der Kunst, Cut & Paste Museum (and just as an aside, the latest REX museum seems to relate to the Cut & Paste Museum), Acropolis Q, Venue, Gallery Berwin, Circle Squared Museum, Domestic Museum, 5233, Villa Savoye(?), Palace of Versailles, and all the superimposed museum plans.

bilocation, finally
Some more on "Bilocation Syndrome":
1. Axis of Life / Bejamin Franklin Parkway.
2. my walk down the Parkway / Axis of Life.
3. the key to Ichnographia Quondam.
4. Pagan - Christian - Triumphal Way of the Ichnographia Campus Martius.
5. Temple of Janus; Arch of Trajan/Constantine.
6. Diana the Huntress/Nympaeum; Vatican/Life of Constantine tapestries; Gates of Hell; Logan Circle/Hadrian's Tomb; Intercourse building/Love.
7. Quondam / Museumpeace.



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